Two celebrities helped support an online LGBTQ+ awareness event at West Suffolk College.
The occasion was organised by West Suffolk College and was attended by Bobby Norris from The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) and the TV presenter and social media influencer, Elliot Mason Wright.
During the hour long session, Lucy Elsden, a multimedia journalism student from the college grilled the pair on topics that included the ups and downs of social media, mental health and ‘coming out’. (Lucy was supported by other multimedia journalism students, Eden Harrigan, Emily Berry and Beth Caulder).
TOWIE star Norris, also discussed his ongoing campaign to make homophobic trolling illegal that has seen him discuss a potential law change with MPs in Westminster.
But, he was keen to keep things upbeat in terms of his general advice to students. He said, “I’d like to encourage people to be themselves and be comfortable with who they are, because who they are is simply perfect. Be proud and continue to live your best life.”
Elliot Mason Wright – who became the first teenage boy social media influencer to take part in a campaign for women’s clothing - said, “I wanted to give insight into the real life of being an LGBTQ+ influencer. It was great to speak to young people at the college and try and share my story whilst supporting them on their journeys.”
The celeb duo were also joined by Andy Fell from Outreach Youth, a charity that works with the LGBTQ+ community in the county.
He said, “It was a lovely session. It was impressive to see how students engaged and a really nice opportunity to share what we are doing to support young people in the LGBTQ+ community across Suffolk. It was a fantastic initiative. The impact of an event like this cannot be underestimated.”
Organiser of the event from a West Suffolk College point of view was business lecturer, Mike Opukah. He said, “We would like to thank Bobby, Elliot and Andy for their insights. As a college, we are committed to celebrating our diverse community and championing equality for everyone.”
Last year, Mr Opukah organised a week dedicated to mental health issues with guests that included the former Love Island doctor, Alex George. He also oversaw an event based around disability awareness debate with the comedian, Tanyalee Davis.
If you would like to watch the session you can visit the LGBTQ+ Event here.